Aaron Carter ‘looked thin, tired and not okay physically’ in final days before his tragic death
Aaron Carter looked ‘thin, tired and physically frail’ in the final days before his tragic death aged 34, the star’s manager has revealed in an emotional new interview.
The I Want Candy singer was found dead in his bathtub in his home in Lancaster, California on November 5 – with manager Taylor Helgeson telling Page Six he was concerned for his health when they met at a music studio two days before his death.
He said: ‘He looked thin. He was extremely tired. He just looked like he needed to be doing anything but working. He looked like he needed to be taking care of him.
Concern: Aaron Carter looked ‘thin, tired and physically frail’ in the final days before his tragic death aged 34, the star’s manager has revealed in an emotional new interview (pictured earlier this year)
Helgeson, who had been working with Carter for eight months, added: ‘He didn’t seem okay physically … [but] mentally, he was the most excited I’ve seen him in months. He was very intelligent and he was very conscious of what people wanted to see from him.’
The LA County Coroner’s Office is waiting for toxicology results to come back before it reveals a cause of death for Carter – but Helgeson doesn’t believe the star took his own life, saying he was ‘prideful and had so much going on.’
Former child star Carter spent his life blighted by drug addiction. It was reported law enforcement found prescription pills and cans of compressed air in the bathroom where he died.
The star’s manager says the pair were discussing him going into an inpatient rehab program, which had been met with resistance by Carter.
Final interview: The I Want Candy singer was found dead in his bathtub in his home in Lancaster, California on November 5 (pictured in his final interview)
Fatherhood: He added they considered three months in Utah ‘detoxing and formulating new physical habits’ – with Carter saying he wanted to focus on regaining custody of his one year-old son Prince before entering rehab
He added they considered three months in Utah ‘detoxing and formulating new physical habits’ -with Carter saying he wanted to focus on regaining custody of his one year-old son Prince before entering rehab.
Prince, who he shared with on-off fiancee Melanie Martin, is in the care of Melanie’s mother.
Helgeson said in mid 2022 Carter said he hadn’t slept for a ‘couple of days’ and felt ‘stressed out’, but after getting sleep, asked his manager to help him formulate a will – which was never completed.
Helgeson said a priority for him and the rest of his team is ensuring Prince is provided for – which is why posthumous projects like the star’s controversial memoir have been slammed.
It was recently revealed Carter had been cremated. According to TMZ, who obtained the singer’s death certificate, Carter’s ashes will be held by his twin sister, Angel. The document says that it was his mother, Jane, was the first to inform authorities about her son’s tragic passing.
Pals: Manager Taylor Helgeson told Page Six he was concerned for his health when they met at a music studio two days before his death (pictured together 2017)
The death certificate does not specify Carter’s cause of death.
Following her sibling’s tragic passing, Angel paid a heartbreaking to her brother on Instagram.
‘To my twin… I loved you beyond measure. You will be missed dearly. My funny, sweet Aaron, I have so many memories of you and I, and I promise to cherish them,’ she wrote.
Angel continued: ‘I know you’re at peace now. I will carry you with me until the day I die and get to see you again.’
Carter’s brother, former Backstreet Boys member Nick, also wrote about his brother on social media.
:’Very grateful for the outpour[ing] of love and support for my brother. In his memory, a donation fund has been started to benefit @onoursleevesofficial, an important children’s mental health charity helping families across America,’ Nick said.
The singer posted a link to the On Our Sleeves website where fans can make donations.
Heart-wrenching: According to TMZ , who obtained the singer’s death certificate, Carter’s ashes will be held by his twin sister, Angel. The document says that it was his mother, Jane, was the first to inform authorities about her son’s tragic passing
Nick also said: ‘Thank you for choosing to celebrate the impact of the life of Aaron Carter with a gift of hope. By honoring Aaron, you help Nick, Angel, and their family’s commitment of helping others.’
Carter was discovered by his housekeeper, known only as Betty, who had been living at the house for three weeks. The woman had been homeless and Carter and his on again/off-again girlfriend Melanie Martin asked to look after the home after a friend’s mansion was broken into.
Carter said in an interview in August that he had been into rehab four times and had ‘finally got it right.’ But he went back to an outpatient program the following month to address his ‘triggers.’
At the time of his death, Carter was living with Melanie Martin, the mother of Prince.
Neighbors described the relationship as tempestuous, saying they often heard the couple shouting at each other and police were called at least three times.
One neighbor told DailyMail.com that Carter often locked Martin out of the house, leaving her to bang on the door, screaming ‘let me in’.
The neighbor said that another resident knocked on Carter’s door one day and Melanie answered.
Tribute: Nick Carter wrote that his heart was broken despite their complicated relationship, adding that his love for Aaron never faded
She was asked if they could turn down the music. Melanie said she would pass along the information to Aaron. Minutes later Aaron banged on the neighbor’s door and began yelling at the neighbor, he called her a ‘c**t and ab***ch’.
Another person at the house told Aaron to leave their property. The police were called and Aaron tried to tell the police that the neighbor assaulted him. No arrests were made.
‘Every neighbor has that ‘neighbor’ you have to deal with, he was that ‘neighbor.’ the man said.
Melanie turned up at the house after news of Carter’s death was announced. She was seen sobbing and being consoled by Carter’s real estate agent Christie Limpus-Hathaway.
She issued a statement saying: ‘My fiancé Aaron Carter has passed away. I love Aaron with all my heart and it’s going to be a journey to raise a son without a father. Please respect the privacy of my family as we come to terms with the loss of someone we love greatly. We are still in the process of accepting this unfortunate reality. Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated.’
Earlier this year, Carter filed for custody of their son and a petition for protection against Martin at the Antelope Valley Courthouse in Los Angeles County.
In a court filing, he accused his ex of ’emotional distress, anguish, shoving, & scratching’, and claimed she used the threat of suicide to abuse him ’emotionally.’
Melanie, 35, was seen moving her belongings out of Carter’s house last week.
The former child star had been trying to sell the house, but it was taken off the market after his death.
Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter paid tribute to his younger brother Aaron following the news that Aaron was found dead in a bathtub at his California home a day earlier at the age of 34
Carter died without leaving a will meaning the state of will decide who will inherit his assets, it has been revealed.
It has since emerged that Carter texted Maxim model Sonya Cruz, 24, asking her to go to his house – even telling her he would pay for an Uber and drive her home himself. Those messages came hours before his death.
Cruz, who has appeared in international magazines including Harper’s Bazaar and Maxim, replied she would ‘talk tomorrow after you get up.’ She signed off on the message ‘xox’ with a heart emoji.
‘I do regret not spending more time when he would ask to,’ Cruz told DailyMail.com.
‘I just had no idea something like this would happen and and did think he would always be in my life,’ she added.
‘He was a complete angel and very kind. May he rest in peace.’
In California, the child normally inherits their single parent’s estate if they die without a will.
But sources said Carter was not in a strong financial position when he was found dead in his home on November 5.
The star had put his Lancaster home up for sale for around $800,000 in the weeks prior to his death but it has now been taken off the market.
If a sale goes ahead, Prince would likely have security in any equity it brings.
Sad: Carter said in an interview in August that he had been into rehab four times and had ‘finally got it right.’ But he went back to an outpatient program the following month to address his ‘triggers’ (pictured in February 2022)